• On Feb 27, 2024
    Amy from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I have reservations at California Grill at 9:15pm but want to get a drink at the bar beforehand, how early are we permitted to get to the restaurant before our reservation?

    Welcome to planDisney, Amy. It won't be long before you are heading to the Most Magical Place on Earth, and I could not be more excited for you.

    I recently enjoyed dinner at California Grill, and you are in for a phenomenal evening. If you are planning to drive to Disney's Contemporary Resort, you have a two-hour arrival window before your reservation time in which you can park at the resort. Be sure to have your reservation available on the My Disney Experience App to show the Cast Member at the gate. 

    A Sunset Margarita at Steakhouse 71 Lounge is a perfect accompaniment to the sunset over Bay Lake. And an Ancho Rancho Spicy Margarita at California Grill Lounge pairs well with a view of the fireworks over Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, a little bit of fire and a lot of "ooh" and "aah."

    The Walt Disney World Resort calendar will tell you the time of the fireworks on the day of your visit. You will certainly want to make sure this is built into your plans.

    Thinking of spirits, did you know the timing of your visit may coincide with Halfway to Halloween? Keep an eye out for announcements of haunting shenanigans on Disney Parks Blog's Halloween page. There is usually some frightening fun creeping around the parks and resorts as the Halloween season is only six months away.

    Cheers to a spirited trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Jana, Georgia

Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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